Andrew Dismore says he's not up to being an MP


By Stephen Pollard
November 23, 2009
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Let's say straight away that it looks as if Andrew Dismore has stayed within the letter, and probably even the spirit, of the expenses rules.

But here's what I can't understand. I live in Finchley, which is, if anything, a little bit further out of London than Mr Dismore's constituency and flat in Hendon. I often work late at night. I get in early. But it has never crossed my mind that I need to have somewhere closer to the office to lay my tired head when I've been working hard.

But for Mr Dismore, it seems, it's not enough to have a home in Hendon - he also needs one in Notting Hill.

Here's what he told the Telegraph:

“It was my intention when I bought
the Hendon flat for it to be my main home. After about 18 months it became
clear to me that with increasing parliamentary demands on my time I was
spending more time in London than in Hendon.”

He added the Hendon flat was “cheaper to run” and so less of a drain on public
funds.

He said that he needed both homes “to do [his] job well” and “give a full
day’s service to constituents”. He said he stopped claiming allowances for
the second home in April.

I just love that last sentence: he needed to have two homes in London to do [his] job well.

I somehow doubt he really means that, because if it's true, he's saying that he's simply not up to the job and should be booted out at the first opportunity. Quite a few of live the Hendon/Fninchley area and work in town, Mr Dismore - and work at least as hard as you. I doubt a single one thinks we need two homes in London to do our job properly.

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